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Hello folks, my name is Daniel and I live outside of Pontiac Michigan. I’ve been a member of LJ’s for about a year and a half. Since I’ve been cooped up I thought it is time to show you guys the shop. My shop is in my 18’ X19’ (1 ½ car) walk-out basement garage. There are pros and cons to having the shop in there. Pros: It is underground so it is easy to heat in the Winter and nice and cool in the Summer. Since it is a garage it is not tied to the house ventilation, so even though I’m in the basement there is no dust getting into the house (happy wife). The shop is still in the house so it is easier to get motivated for “shop time”, and the can is just upstairs. There are also a couple of cons as well. Conns: The ceiling is 7’ at the back wall and about 7.5’ by the door with a beam through the middle at 6’4”. That doesn’t really bother me because I’m 5’5”, I just have to be careful how I swing boards around. The floor has a substantial slope to it from the back wall to the garage door that is 5” over 18’. This makes leveling things, and squaring things (benches, saws, etc.) up to each other more difficult. Another conn, I opened the garage door one time on a warm humid Spring day. I will never do that again. I had to spend the next hour wiping all the condensation off my 63-degree machines (I wasn’t thinking).
It took me three years to put my shop together. However, that also included restoring my lathe, jointer, and Unisaw, plus 6 months for back surgery and recovery. I had a blast putting the shop together though. Looking for bargains on tools, lighting, electrical, plumb for dust collection, etc.. As for equipment I have a 1940 Unisaw, a 1940 WT 6” jointer, and a 1965 Oliver lathe. All three of those machines I got for free, they just needed some work. I also have a Craftsman contractor saw, 14” Central Machinery band saw, 16” Craftsman scroll saw, Rigid 13” planer, Bosch router and table, bench grinder, Hitachi miter saw, Craftsman 12” drill press, 3 HP dust collector, Dewalt plate jointer, Bosch jig saw, air nailers, compressor, sanders, and several other small tools. The bench with the bottle of Jameson’s on it folds up against the wall and under that bench are shelves for power hand tools.
For upgrades, I just recently installed a gas heater, built a workbench/ outfeed table, and added a remote for the dust collector. I also recently repowered the drill press to be electronic variable speed. I still need to build a mobile lumber rack and an air cleaner.
I’m just getting started in woodworking, so I have a lot to learn. I got into it because I will be retiring in a few years and I need something to keep my mind and hands busy. I have received some good advice here, nice of you all to share your knowledge and experience.

Thanks for stopping by

-- Daniel, Pontiac, MI


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pottz

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#1 posted 09-24-2020 06:36 PM

glad you finally had some time to post your shop,we love to see shops and it looks like youve got a nice space to make some dust.id have to get used to your ceiling heights though ive got over 10’ in mine,id probably blow out a few lights learning-lol.your not new here but ill just say welcome anyway.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Brawler

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#2 posted 09-26-2020 10:40 PM

Well pottz it was like I meant to do it but was I always had that one more thing to do first. Before you know it time just slips on by.

-- Daniel, Pontiac, MI

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pottz

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#3 posted 09-27-2020 03:57 AM



Well pottz it was like I meant to do it but was I always had that one more thing to do first. Before you know it time just slips on by.

- Brawler


Well pottz it was like I meant to do it but was I always had that one more thing to do first. Before you know it time just slips on by.

- Brawler


hey i hear ya,life happens!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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moke

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#4 posted 10-01-2020 11:19 PM

That looks like a very nice shop Daniel! You have some very nice tools, and cudo’s on the restoration…..everybody I know though, has had back or hip surgery that does restorations! Gotta let the young guys heft that old “arn” around! Lokks like you have all the toys….including that bottle of Jamison’s! ( I’ll be right over). Good jopb, and thanks for posting.

-- Mike

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Brawler

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#5 posted 10-02-2020 12:42 PM

Thanks Mike, I had a lot of fun creating the “shop”. So far most of my projects are home improvement projects. I’m trying to get those squared away before I retire. As far as fine woodworking goes I’m really a newbe and have a lot to learn. I only restored the lathe before the surgery and had help taking it apart and reassembling it and made dollies for the heavy pieces while apart. I did the same for the Unisaw and jointer. The injury to my back happened over 40 years ago and time wore down the parts that were no longer aligned. However I’m all better now and I no longer have that constant pain. And yes, I don’t pick up heavy things anymore.

-- Daniel, Pontiac, MI

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Eric

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#6 posted 10-19-2020 12:37 AM

Nice shop space, always nice to look at shop set ups and layouts. Thanks for sharing.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Brawler

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#7 posted 10-19-2020 12:44 PM

Thanks Eric, as far as layout the dominate theme was to put the tools with longer infeed and outfeed obligations in the middle of the wall, such as the planer, jointer, and table saws.

-- Daniel, Pontiac, MI

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Eric

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#8 posted 10-20-2020 12:28 AM

That is very true, from the overhead door the larger pieces, as you work back they get smaller. At least my take.

Currently in the build process if my shop. And was planning on long benches on the side walls with the dust producer’s on the same wall. Then the finer dust ones on the other wall. I am installing 2 outlets in the floor, table saw and a large bench or assembly table. But I am always looking for ideas.

Thanks for the reply.

-- Eric, building the dream

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